Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology

"AECT is my home in the field of instructional design and technology. My peers are here, my former students are here, who are now peers. Everything that goes on in instructional design and technology is here. You go beyond the journals, and it really is my family within the field."
Ginger Watson-Papelis, Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is an international organization that values diversity of thought, culture and people whose activities are directed toward improving learning. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; and in any other places where educational change takes place. AECT members include instructional designers, researchers, professors and teachers, educational technologists, and other professionals united by a passion for improving teaching and learning. Our members serve in many different settings including education, business and industry, non-profits, military, health care, and other environments. AECT members fulfill a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

AECT has become a major organization for those actively involved in instructional design and the development of a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of ideas among its members and target audiences; it is the national and international advocate for the improvement of instruction; and it is the most widely recognized source of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. AECT and its members have numerous state and international affiliates, all of which are passionate about finding better ways to help people learn. AECT is the oldest professional home for instructional designers and continues to maintain a central position in the field, promoting high standards of scholarship and practice. AECT has 10 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that span the breadth and depth of the field. The association produces two print bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends, and three electronic journals, Journal of Formative Design in Learning, The Journal of Applied Instructional Design, and  International Journal of Designs for Learning.

NEW! AECT Interactions

Check out AECT’s new digital publication, AECT Interactions, a short-form publication of relevant and contemporary topics for the field of learning design and educational technology.

 2020  AECT International Convention

  Homecoming (Homestaying): A Return to Learning through Innovation 
  PROPOSAL Review now in progress

Upcoming Events





Intersection of Education and Te...




2021 Virtual Summer AECT Board and Leadership

2021 Virtual Summer AECT Board and Leadership is scheduled for July 19-20, 2020.
Both meeting...




2021 Summer Virtual Research Symposium

2021 Summer Virtual Research Symposium is being July 21-22,2021
To learn more and register, c...




2021 AECT International Convention

Mark your calendar for the 2021 AECT International Convention being held in Columbus, OH, November 2...

Latest News

Message From Phillip Harris, Executive Director

June 15 2021

I am announcing my decision to step down as your Executive Director on June 16, 2021. It has been...

2020 Post Convention: 3 ways to Still Benefit

March 05 2021

The 2020 International Convention being a virtual event provided a unique opportunity to have sessio...

2021 Early-Bird Registration Now Available

February 24 2021

The Early-Bird Registration for the 2021 AECT International Convention is now available.

AECT and Divisional Election Results

March 05 2021

As a member, please extend your congratulations and support to your new leaders. AECT also extends i...


BLAST From the PAST! 1964-1985

May 24 2021

AECT now has archives for the 'AudioVisual Instruction' journal and the 'Instructional Innovator' jo...

New Issue for 'The Journal of Applied Instructional Design (JAID)'

May 13 2021

The Journal of Applied Instructional Design (JAID) is excited to announce its latest issue (Volume 1...

NEW! - AECT Interactions

Apr 14 2021

Check out AECT‘s new digital publication, AECT Interactions, a short-form publication of relev...

2020 AECT Proceedings is Now Online

Mar 05 2021

The 2020 AECT Proceedings for the AECT Convention, 'Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and ...

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